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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1977 Mar 11;459(3):546-59.

Tightly bound nucleotides of the energy-transducing ATPase, and their role in oxidative phosphorylation. I. The Paracoccus denitrificans system.


1. The coupling ATPase of Paracoccus denitrificans can be removed from the membrane by washing coupled membrane fragments at low salt concentrations. 2. This ATPase resembles coupling ATPases of mitochondria, chloroplasts and other bacteria. It is a negatively charged protein of molecular weight about 300,000. An inhibitor protein in bound tightly to the ATPase in vivo, and can be destroyed by trypsin treatment. 3. ATP and ADP are found tightly bound to the coupling ATPase of P. denitrificans, both in its membrane-bound and isolated state. The ATP/ADP ratio on the enzyme is greater than one. 4. Under de-energised condtions, the bound nucleotides are not available to the suspending medium. When the membrane is energised however, the bound nucleotides can exchange with added nucleotides and incorporate 32Pi. 32Ppi is incorporated into the beta and gamma positions of the bound nucleotides, but beta-labelling probably does not occur on the coupling ATPase. 5. Uncouplers inhibit the exchange of the free nucleotides or 32Pi into the bound nucleotides, while venturicidin (an energy transfer inhibitor) and aurovertin stimulate the exchange. 6. The response of the bound nucleotides to energisation is consistent with their being involved directly in the mechanism of oxidative phosphorylation.

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